George Phillies has received the Donald Franson Award from the National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F). The award recognizes outstanding service to the N3F and is presented by the President. At the same time, the N3F has called for nominations for the annual Neffy Awards, nominations to be sent to recent Franson Award recipient George Phillies.
Fan Art Widner (b.1917) died on April 17. Widner, who often signed his correspondence as R. Twidner, was one of the founding members of The Stranger Club, the pioneers of Boston fandom, and chaired Boskones I and II. He published more than 160 fanzines, including YHOS from 1940-45 and 1979-2001. He received the Big Heart Award in 1989 and was the 1991 DUFF winner. Widner received a Retro Hugo nomination for 1946 in the Best Fan Writer category and, along with The Stranger Club, was the Worldcon Fan GoH at Noreascon 3. Widner was also an inductee into the First Fandom Hall of Fame.
Artist and potter Peri Charlifu found himself in the hospital in March with a dissolving and gangrenous appendix. A GoFundMe has been started to help Charlifu with his medical and other bills as he is in the middle of planning a wedding and his hospitalization means he can’t work on pottery or attend cons and shows to sell his work. Charlifu was recently an Artist Guest of Honor at Windycon 41.
Nina Horvath of Austria narrowly defeated Wolf von Wittig of Finland, Sweden, Russia, and Italy in TAFF voting, with one of the candidates polling better in Europe and the other in America, but both easily achieving the 20% threshold to be considered a winner. Horvath will travel to the US to attend Sasquan in August.
Author Patrick H. Adkins (b.1948 ) died on April 7. In 1974, Adkins, a lifelong fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs, published Edgar Rice Burroughs Bibliography and Price Guide. His first novel, Lord of the Crooked Paths, the first in a trilogy, appeared in 1987. In 2001, he published the collection Forgotten Tales of Love and Murder of uncollected Burroughs stories through the Tarzana Project, which he founded with John H. Guidry. He also served as editor of the New Orleans SF Association fanzine NOLAZine.
The Nova Award committee, led by Tony Berry, has announced that they will discontinue the presentation of the British fanzine award. According to Berry, while the awards, which was open to all British fanac and all British fans could vote, will not be presented, the committee will, on occasion, present a Special Nova to recognizes individual merit. The final Nova Awards were presented in November 2014.
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The winners of the FAAN Award, selected by members of Corflu, were announced today at Tynecon III: The Corflu in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2016, Corflu will take place in Chicago.
- Best Genzine: Banana Wings, edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
- Best Personal Fanzine: Vibrator, edited by Graham Charnock
- Best Single Issue: Trap Door #31
- Best Fan Writer: Mark Plummer
- Best Fan Artist: Steve Stiles
- Best Letterhack: Paul Skelton
- Best Fanzine Cover: Banana Wings #56, by D West
- Best Fan Website: eFanzines
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Weston
- Graham Charnock elected as past President of Fanzine Writers of America.
Fan Peggy Rae Sapienza (b.Peggy Rae McKnight, 1944 ) died on March 22, about a month after undergoing heart surgery. Peggy Rae, who was married to Bob Pavlat from 1963-1983 and to John Sapienza from 1999 until her death, chaired Bucconeer, the 1998 Worldcon (my first). She was long active in con-running and fanzine publishing. She was a driving force behind much of Washington and Baltimore fandom, and has chaired or co-chaired several recent Nebula Award Weekends. She helped create the modern exhibition concourse at Worldcons and in 2012, she was the fan guest of honor at Chicon 7.
Bookseller Ted Ball died on March 18. Ball was the co-owner of London’s Fantasy Centre, a SF/fantasy bookstore Ball opened in 1969 with Dave Gibson and which closed in 2009.
Fan Dave Rike (b.1935) died on November 1, 2014. Rike became active in fandom in the 1950s, co-editing the fanzine Innuendo, with Terry Carr and, along with Carr, created the hoax fan Carl Brandon. He helped popularize the propeller beanie as a symbol of fandom and also worked on The Incompleat Burbee. A life-long Bay area fan, helped build the original Bheer Can Tower to the Moon.